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Alternative to BT Openreach (061513) modem

ademanuele

Member
We have FTTC and as we live so far from the cabinet we do not get great speeds (30 Mbps download and 6 Mbps upload).

We have our own Asus mesh router and a BT Openreach (061513) modem which must be over 10 years old. Does the modem itself make any difference to broadband performance and would a modern modem make a difference to our broadband speeds?

Are there many basic modems (not combined modem/router) on the market, all I could find was the DrayTek Vigor 166 VDSL/G.Fast Modem. Any recommendations for a modem that will work with Openreach FTTC but will also work if/when we get FTTP?

Thanks in advance.
 

dfunked

Casual Member
The Vigor 130 is the most common choice for this kind of thing, but will only be good for FTTC. Doubt it'll do much to improve your speed though (I guess you could always return it if needs be)
 

dws1900

Casual Member
We have FTTC and as we live so far from the cabinet we do not get great speeds (30 Mbps download and 6 Mbps upload).

We have our own Asus mesh router and a BT Openreach (061513) modem which must be over 10 years old. Does the modem itself make any difference to broadband performance and would a modern modem make a difference to our broadband speeds?

Are there many basic modems (not combined modem/router) on the market, all I could find was the DrayTek Vigor 166 VDSL/G.Fast Modem. Any recommendations for a modem that will work with Openreach FTTC but will also work if/when we get FTTP?

Thanks in advance.

Hi
if it works then leave it be.

As one who is on 20Mbs download I have spent may hours tweaking the router modem to get a few more bits per second.

You may get a marginal improvement, but you could be wasting your money.

You need to check the speeds you should be getting by accessing the BT wholesale page (or if not on a BT affiliated service line Sky, check your contract details.) to see if there is a line issue.

If and when you get FTTP, you would not to use a modem, no more nasty radio signals down twisty wires!!.

The Optical Network Terminator (ONT) you will will have a ethernet socket, which you could plug into your exiting mesh router to provide firewall and switching functions.

The modem then becomes a relic to be ridiculed and used as a door stop!!
 

TTJJ

ULTIMATE Member
Highly recommend just keeping what you have. You'll likely have zero improvement and possibly even worse experience with another modem.
 
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